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Brooks on Perry
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There are a lot of problems with David Brooks's latest New York Times column, but here's one that's really basic. Here is Mr. Brooks describing what he calls the Republican narrative: "The current task, therefore, is, as Rick Perry says, to make the government 'inconsequential' in people's lives — to pare back the state to revive personal responsibility and private initiative."

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Dionne and Ferrara on Taxes
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Over at the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne Jr. praises British "Conservative" Prime Minister David Cameron for proposing an increase in the value-added tax to 20% from 17.5%. Mr. Dionne also wants to raise taxes on those Americans making more than $250,000, claiming that "the simple truth" is that they "are undertaxed compared with everyone else."

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David Brooks's Risk Aversion
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"America is not a nation of risk-embracing pioneers," David Brooks writes. How does he think most of our ancestors got here? Maybe they came because the risks here were lower than the risks they faced wherever they left, but still, it seems a pretty categorical denial of at least a reasonable important aspect of the American character.

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Dionne and Ferrara on Taxes
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Over at the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne Jr. praises British "Conservative" Prime Minister David Cameron for proposing an increase in the value-added tax to 20% from 17.5%. Mr. Dionne also wants to raise taxes on those Americans making more than $250,000, claiming that "the simple truth" is that they "are undertaxed compared with everyone else."

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David Brooks's Risk Aversion
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"America is not a nation of risk-embracing pioneers," David Brooks writes. How does he think most of our ancestors got here? Maybe they came because the risks here were lower than the risks they faced wherever they left, but still, it seems a pretty categorical denial of at least a reasonable important aspect of the American character.

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Brooks on Ryan
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The New York Times's David Brooks takes on Paul Ryan:

Substantively, it does not address the structural problems plaguing the American economy: wage stagnation, inequality, declining growth rates.

Mr. Brooks doesn't think cutting the corporate and individual top federal tax rates to 25% and getting the federal budget under some control would help growth rates?

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Ryan would cut Pell grants back to their 2008 levels. This is not the horrendous monstrosity some liberals are screaming about. But the economic challenge from China and India demands that we spend more on Pell grants, scientific research, early childhood education and other investments in human capital than Ryan proposes.

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Medicare Solution Is More Young People
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The hottest issue in politics these days seems to be Medicare, notwithstanding polling showing voters care more about jobs and the economy.

Medicare was what the recent special election in New York's 26th congressional district was fought over. The government health program for the elderly has also emerged as an issue in the Republican presidential primary, with Newt Gingrich making news by criticizing Congressman Paul Ryan's Medicare plan as too radical, and with the press then scrambling to saddle the other Republican presidential contenders with Mr. Ryan's plan. And Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in 2010 in part by criticizing Medicare cuts and Medicare tax increases in ObamaCare.

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Brooks on Perry
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There are a lot of problems with David Brooks's latest New York Times column, but here's one that's really basic. Here is Mr. Brooks describing what he calls the Republican narrative: "The current task, therefore, is, as Rick Perry says, to make the government 'inconsequential' in people's lives — to pare back the state to revive personal responsibility and private initiative."

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David Brooks on Spending and Results
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From David Brooks's column today in the New York Times:

The United States spends far more on education than any other nation, with paltry results. It spends far more on health care, again, with paltry results. It spends so much on poverty programs that if we just took that money and handed poor people checks, we would virtually eliminate poverty overnight. In the progressive era, the task was to build programs; today the task is to reform existing ones.

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Brooks' Latest
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David Brooks, in his latest New York Times column:

If you believe in the dignity of labor, it makes sense to support an infrastructure program that allows more people to practice the habits of industry. If you believe in personal responsibility, you have to force Americans to receive only as much government as they are willing to pay for. If you believe in the centrality of family, you have to have a government that both encourages marriage and also supplies wage subsidies to men to make them marriageable.

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Nathan Fletcher and Campaign Finance
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David Brooks has a fine column in the New York Times this morning about Nathan Fletcher, an Iraq War veteran who was elected to the California state legislature as a Republican but is now running for mayor of San Diego as an independent. Writes Brooks:

The G.O.P. central committee and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, an activist group, spurned Fletcher in the mayor's race, endorsing the more orthodox conservative, Councilman Carl DeMaio. The councilman already had much higher name identification, and this endorsement gives him a huge structural advantage. Individual candidates can only raise money in $500 chunks, but a party can raise unlimited money and funnel it to the candidate of its choice.

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David Brooks on ObamaCare
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David Brooks is not a columnist I often agree with, but he makes sense to me writing about ObamaCare:

People are apparently angry that the court didn't rid them of a law they detest. But that's silly. If Americans want to replace this thing, they should do it themselves....Critics of the bill shouldn't be hating on Chief Justice Roberts. If they can't make this case to the voters, they really shouldn't be in public life....Republicans say they trust the people. If that's true, then they won't waste another futile breath bashing the court for upholding Obamacare. They'll explicitly tell the country how they would replace it. Democracy is a contest between alternatives, not a deus ex machina stroke from the lords in black robes.

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David Brooks on Medicare
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New York Times columnist David Brooks writes in his proposed debate opening statement for Mitt Romney:

Democrats are campaigning as the party that will fight to the death to preserve the Medicare status quo. If they win, the lesson will be: Never Touch Medicare. No Democrat or Republican will dare reform the system, and we will go bankrupt.

It had looked to us like Mitt Romney was the one campaigning as the one who would fight to preserve the Medicare status quo.

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David Brooks Growth Recipe
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David Brooks writes:

If you get outside the partisan boxes, there's a completely obvious agenda to create more middle-class, satisfying jobs. The federal government should borrow money at current interest rates to build infrastructure, including better bus networks so workers can get to distant jobs. The fact that the federal government has not passed major infrastructure legislation is mind-boggling, considering how much support there is from both parties.

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Brooks on Piketty
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In a column about the French economist Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the 21st Century, David Brooks writes, "Piketty wouldn't raise taxes on income, which thriving professionals have a lot of; he would tax investment capital, which they don't have enough of."

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Brooks on Immigration
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David Brooks has a column on immigration. As a grandson of an immigrant myself, I'm in essentially full agreement with him that immigration is a source of strength for America and should be encouraged. A passage in the article, however, is suspect. He writes:

Immigrants, both legal and illegal, do not drain the federal budget. It's true that states and localities have to spend money to educate them when they are children, but, over the course of their lives, they pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits.

This is the same David Brooks who was telling us in another column published exactly a month ago that "The average Medicare couple pays $109,000 into the program and gets $343,000 in benefits out, according to the Urban Institute. This is $234,000 in free money."

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Health Care Costs
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A report by Reed Abelson that "Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers" got front-page play in Sunday's Times.

A report by Robert Pear that "The rate of increase in health spending, 3.9 percent in 2011, was the same as in 2009 and 2010 — the lowest annual rates recorded in the 52 years the government has been collecting such data," got buried inside today's national section.

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Humiliating Iran
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David Brooks has a column on how insights from "behavioral research" can be brought to bear on public policy questions such as "How do we structure sanctions against Iran to cause the greatest psychic humiliation?"

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David Brooks on Medicare
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New York Times columnist David Brooks writes in his proposed debate opening statement for Mitt Romney:

Democrats are campaigning as the party that will fight to the death to preserve the Medicare status quo. If they win, the lesson will be: Never Touch Medicare. No Democrat or Republican will dare reform the system, and we will go bankrupt.

It had looked to us like Mitt Romney was the one campaigning as the one who would fight to preserve the Medicare status quo.

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David Brooks on ObamaCare
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David Brooks is not a columnist I often agree with, but he makes sense to me writing about ObamaCare:

People are apparently angry that the court didn't rid them of a law they detest. But that's silly. If Americans want to replace this thing, they should do it themselves....Critics of the bill shouldn't be hating on Chief Justice Roberts. If they can't make this case to the voters, they really shouldn't be in public life....Republicans say they trust the people. If that's true, then they won't waste another futile breath bashing the court for upholding Obamacare. They'll explicitly tell the country how they would replace it. Democracy is a contest between alternatives, not a deus ex machina stroke from the lords in black robes.

Read More...


Nathan Fletcher and Campaign Finance
futureofcapitalism.com

David Brooks has a fine column in the New York Times this morning about Nathan Fletcher, an Iraq War veteran who was elected to the California state legislature as a Republican but is now running for mayor of San Diego as an independent. Writes Brooks:

The G.O.P. central committee and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, an activist group, spurned Fletcher in the mayor's race, endorsing the more orthodox conservative, Councilman Carl DeMaio. The councilman already had much higher name identification, and this endorsement gives him a huge structural advantage. Individual candidates can only raise money in $500 chunks, but a party can raise unlimited money and funnel it to the candidate of its choice.

Read More...


Brooks' Latest
futureofcapitalism.com

David Brooks, in his latest New York Times column:

If you believe in the dignity of labor, it makes sense to support an infrastructure program that allows more people to practice the habits of industry. If you believe in personal responsibility, you have to force Americans to receive only as much government as they are willing to pay for. If you believe in the centrality of family, you have to have a government that both encourages marriage and also supplies wage subsidies to men to make them marriageable.

Read More...


David Brooks on Spending and Results
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From David Brooks's column today in the New York Times:

The United States spends far more on education than any other nation, with paltry results. It spends far more on health care, again, with paltry results. It spends so much on poverty programs that if we just took that money and handed poor people checks, we would virtually eliminate poverty overnight. In the progressive era, the task was to build programs; today the task is to reform existing ones.

Read More...


Brooks on Ryan
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The New York Times's David Brooks takes on Paul Ryan:

Substantively, it does not address the structural problems plaguing the American economy: wage stagnation, inequality, declining growth rates.

Mr. Brooks doesn't think cutting the corporate and individual top federal tax rates to 25% and getting the federal budget under some control would help growth rates?

More:

Ryan would cut Pell grants back to their 2008 levels. This is not the horrendous monstrosity some liberals are screaming about. But the economic challenge from China and India demands that we spend more on Pell grants, scientific research, early childhood education and other investments in human capital than Ryan proposes.

Read More...


Medicare Solution Is More Young People
futureofcapitalism.com

The hottest issue in politics these days seems to be Medicare, notwithstanding polling showing voters care more about jobs and the economy.

Medicare was what the recent special election in New York's 26th congressional district was fought over. The government health program for the elderly has also emerged as an issue in the Republican presidential primary, with Newt Gingrich making news by criticizing Congressman Paul Ryan's Medicare plan as too radical, and with the press then scrambling to saddle the other Republican presidential contenders with Mr. Ryan's plan. And Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in 2010 in part by criticizing Medicare cuts and Medicare tax increases in ObamaCare.

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